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Nicholson, Swanson are honorary starters for Marathon June 16

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Another crowded field of runners from across the country will descend on Storm Lake and Marathon June 16 for the 12th running of the annual Marathon to Marathon - a dramatic competition that promises plenty for spectators, too.

Events begin Friday, the 15th, with a spaghetti dinner, 5:30 - 8 P.M. sponsored by the Storm Lake Booster club at Storm Lake High School.

The running begins early on Saturday to beat the heat. At 6 A.M., the Marathon and Marathon Relay begins near Storm Lake High School; the relay using teams of five splitting the 26.2-mile distance.

The National Anthem for this event will be performed by Juvenal Soria. Honorary Starters are Dean Nicholson and John Swanson, longtime local educators and coaches.

At 7 A.M., the Half Marathon begins at the half-way mark between Storm Lake and Marathon.

At the Marathon Community Center in Marathon, a breakfast will be available for all at the Community Center from 7 AM-11 AM.

Registration for a 5K Run/Walk will be held there from 6:45 A.M. - 7:45 A.M., with participants getting underway at 8 on a course running through Marathon. The National Anthem for that event will be sung by Karen Lind.

The Tot Trot - a short running event for ages 8 and under, will have registration from 8-8:15 A.M., with kids taking off at the downtown area at 8:30.

The first Marathon runners should be hitting the home stretch by 8:30, racing for the records, currently held by Brian Postma of Washington State with 2:31 set in 1996; and Marla Rhoden, from Kansas, with the women's mark of 3:16 set in 2002.

There will be plenty to do during and after the action.

Entertainers will be on hand near the finish area

Kids' Games are planned at 9 A.M. at the Community Center.

An Award Ceremony will be held at 9:45 A.M for 5K Run/Walk, and at 11 A.M for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay

Marathon to Marathon merchandise for be for sale in the gazebo.

At noon, a luncheon will be served in the Community Center, with entertainment by Neal Ruge.

An Alumni Banquet will be held at 6 P.M. in the Marathon Community Center - the 101st gathering for former Marathon school students.

The busy day will wrap up in the evening with a Street Dance near Ike's Job Site.